How To Choose A Barbecue Skewer

Bamboo? Metal? What’s the best shape? We break it down.

(Recipes and food styling by Eshun Mott; produced by Aimee Nishitoba; photography by Christie Vuong; prop styling by Madeleine Johari)


They’re cheap and biodegradable, which makes bamboo a popular choice. It’s important to soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes before cooking to prevent them from splitting or catching fire.

a pile of bamboo barbecue skewers on a white background


Opt for sturdy, reusable steel skewers—and an oven mitt to pick them up with while cooking—if you plan on skewering all summer. They retain higher heat temperatures for longer periods of time.

Metal barbecue skewers on a white background

Shape matters

Skewers come in a variety of fun shapes—but flat, single-pronged sticks are the most user-friendly variety you can buy. Unlike round, cylindrical skewers, they’re easier to thread food on, and keep it from turning when you flip the skewers on the grill.

metal barbecue skewers that are flat with a hook at the end on a white background

All caught up on skewers? Want to know how to use them? Check out our collection of skewer-y grill recipes: Hey Grill! Sangria, Kebabs And More New Recipes For A Summertime Feast

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